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Ambition Today is a podcast with the entrepreneurs, creators, investors, and builders who ambitiously changed the world. Each episode explores the hardships and heroism of everyday life to reveal the key moments which leave behind a lasting legacy. Creating value in the world is hard, but you are not alone. No matter where you are in the world Ambition Today, hosted by Kevin Siskar, is here to keep you company you as you create your own incredible story. Follow the show @AmbitionToday.
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Dec 18, 2017

On this episode of Ambition Today we explore Peter Shankman’s journey. Peter is the perfect example of what happens when you combine creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Peter shows us how ADHD can be a gift and a strong advantage in business. He is not only an entrepreneur, but an author and a notable public speaker. Many know him for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO). He is also the founder of ShankMinds Business Masterminds and he is the Host of the Faster Than Normal Podcast.

Peter was born and raised in Manhattan, and was a New York City public school kid. After graduating from Boston University and going to Graduate school in Santa Barbara, CA, he started his professional career launching AOL Digital Newsroom. Peter is most well known for founding Help A Reporter Out, also known as HARO, which is the worlds largest public group of journalistic sources. In this episode, we talk about how Peter’s ADHD had a great impact on his many successes:

  • Growing up in New York City
  • Launching AOL Digital Newsroom
  • The importance of having incredible mentors like Steve Case 
  • What is happening to the media industry today
  • How Peter built Help A Reporter Out, (HARO)
  • Using ADHD as an advantage
  • How to create life rules to optimize your time
  • Importance of self awareness 
  • Value of asking everyone "How Can I Help" 

 

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"How do you think about attention management and how do you best optimize your life for it?"

The Single Greatest Piece of Advice Peter Has Ever Learned:
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Quote Of The Episode:
"You have to put out 10 times the amount of help into the universe that you ask for."

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Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss Show, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast with Alex Blumberg by Gimlet Media, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, This Week In Startups with Jason Calacanis, Mixergy, Seth Godin, Joe Rogan Experience, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, Crooked Media, and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat.

 

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Nov 29, 2017

In 2010 Sean Ellis coined the term Growth Hacking and now he joins us on Ambition Today. Sean is the Co-author of Hacking Growth with Morgan Brown and currently the CEO of Growth Hackers.

Sean has had quite an impressive career both as a marketer and as an entrepreneur. He was the first marketer at Dropbox, Lookout and Xobni and he has taken companies LogMeIn and Uproar from launch to IPO. Sean is also known for popularizing the term product/market fit. We cover some of Sean's best practices for growing your company, as well as how he thinks of Growth Hacking as it continues to grow into the future. The story of Sean's entrepreneurial journey unlocks numerous insights along the way, including: 

  • What is "Growth Hacking"
  • The role of family entrepreneurship on Sean
  • The value of spending time abroad
  • Being the first marketer at Dropbox, Lookout, & Eventbrite
  • How pushing through the fear of failure has lead to success  
  • Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur
  • Optimizing for reputation and learning over money
  • How business teams need to be thinking about Growth
  • The value of having a chip on your shoulder

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"What excites you? What motivates you to keep going?"            

The Single Greatest Piece of Advice Sean Has Ever Learned:
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Quote Of The Episode:
"For me, the two big motivating factors were reputation and learning. I wanted to build a reputation because that would open the door to the best learning opportunities." 

 

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This episode of Ambition Today is supported by:

+ Founder Institute New York: goo.gl/RGezjW  
+ WeWork: goo.gl/hyzzuP 
+ Toptal: goo.gl/OObfM9
+ Audible: goo.gl/Urjq6k

 

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Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday 
Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar  
Follow Kevin Siskar on Instagram: instagram.com/thesiskar
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Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss Show, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast with Alex Blumberg by Gimlet Media, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, This Week In Startups with Jason Calacanis, Mixergy, Seth Godin, Joe Rogan Experience, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, Crooked Media, and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat. 


Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL), on Google Play Music (goo.gl/LmmciJ), or on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

Nov 15, 2017

Over the summer we sat down with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute, a startup accelerator program that operates in nearly 200 cities worldwide. Throughout his time as a founder, Adeo has pioneered innovations in the protection of founder rights, the raising of early-stage capital and the scaling of new businesses.

 

Previous to the Founder Institute, Adeo has helped to create nearly $2 billion in shareholder value by founding or running nine businesses, including TheFunded, Game Trust, Xceed and Total New York. Adeo previously served on the Board of the X Prize Foundation to pursue his interests in space exploration and techniques to motivate human achievement. Throughout this episode it is clear that Adeo is passionate about mentoring Founders, space exploration, inspiring people to achieve their greatness, and more which includes: 

 

  • The best personality traits of the best founders  
  • How The Funded improved transparency in the VC industry
  • The role fluid intelligence plays in entrepreneurs
  • Managing your investors and protecting your equity 
  • How Adeo helped 2700 plus founders grow
  • How to build startup ecosystems
  • Why maintaining focus and avoiding distractions is mission critical 
  • How do you give meaning to your life's work

 

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"What is the end game? Where do you see Founder Institute and all your life’s work going?"            

 

Quote Of The Episode:
"There are a lot of shiny things in the sand, that look very appealing to you and may be a cause for you to think about pivoting or adjusting the business model. I can tell you that most of the shiny things in the sand are not diamonds, they are knives waiting to kill you. You have to be very, very, very diligent to remain focused on your core mission" 
  

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This episode of Ambition Today is supported by:

+ Founder Institute New York: goo.gl/RGezjW  
+ WeWork: goo.gl/hyzzuP 
+ Toptal: goo.gl/OObfM9
+ Audible: goo.gl/Urjq6k

 

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Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday 
Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar  
Follow Kevin Siskar on Instagram: instagram.com/thesiskar
Follow Kevin Siskar on Facebook: facebook.com/kevin.siskar
Add Kevin Siskar on Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/krsiskar

 
Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss Show, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast with Alex Blumberg by Gimlet Media, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, This Week In Startups with Jason Calacanis, Mixergy, Seth Godin, Joe Rogan Experience, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, Crooked Media, and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat. 


Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL), on Google Play Music (goo.gl/LmmciJ), or on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

Jul 25, 2017

On this episode Andrew Weinrich sits down with us at his offices in Brooklyn New York. Andrew is the founder of Andrews Roadmaps and the host of the new "Predicting Our Future" podcast. 

As a serial entrepreneur, Andrew created the first ever social network called, Six Degrees. At its height, SixDegrees had around 3,500,000 fully registered members before being bought by YouthStream Media Networks in 1999 for $125 million. In more recent years, Andrew has sold 2 more businesses including Xtify and Meet-Moi. He is currently the co-founder and Chairman of Indicative, a data analytics startup. He also hosts Predicting Our Future, a podcast about the next revolutions in technology. Andrew shares many incredible lessons from his experience over the last 20 years, such as: 

  • How the first social network, Six Degrees, was created
  • What it was like to exit a company for over $100 million
  • How Social Networking has changed over the last 20 years
  • The future of Social Media
  • What ties all of Andrew's companies together
  • How to ride the "wave" of new technologies as they emerge
  • How he is Predicting Our Future

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"What advice do you have for people who are obsessing over getting rich and making a large amount of money to solve all of their problems?      

Quote Of The Episode:
"You want to be a critical thinker. Investors assume first and foremost, that whatever plan you have is wrong. That whatever you launch won't be right, it will require pivoting. The question is are you someone who is capable of pivoting? If you're a critical thinker, you will be capable of pivoting."

"Entrepreneurs take advantage of moments in history. They are not determinative of those moments." 

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This episode of Ambition Today is supported by:
+ Founder Institute New York: goo.gl/RGezjW  
+ Toptal: goo.gl/OObfM9
+ Audible: goo.gl/Urjq6k

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Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday 
Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar  
Follow Kevin Siskar on Instagram: instagram.com/thesiskar
Follow Kevin Siskar on Facebook: facebook.com/kevin.siskar
Add Kevin Siskar on Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/krsiskar

Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss, How I Built This, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, Mixergy, Seth Godin, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat.

Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL), on Google Play Music (goo.gl/LmmciJ), or on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

 

 

 

May 30, 2017

From the brand new Fulton Center in downtown Manhattan we bring you Dennis Mortensen. He is founder and CEO at X.ai, an artificial intelligence driven personal assistant named Amy who schedules meetings for you.

Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs in Denmark, Dennis initially strove to be a game engineer at IBM. He soon failed to resist the call to entrepreneurship though as he started and sold three of his first four companies. Dennis is now changing the way people interact with artificial intelligence by pioneering it's future. After raising $30+ million and growing the team to 93 people, he is hyper focused on building X.ai to rescue people's time. It is clear that focus is something he excels at from some of the unique lessons he shared: 

  • Growing up in Denmark in a family of entrepreneurs
  • Difference between being a serial entrepreneur and a first time founder
  • The impact immigrants can have creating jobs in the United States
  • Importance of doing one thing really well 
  • Keeping a clear mind is one of the keys to success
  • Why this wave of artificial intelligence is different from any before it
  • Where the future of Artificial Intelligence is going
     

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"As a serial entrepreneur how do you manage your life and prevent burnout?"

 

Quote Of The Episode:
"You can start to think again, and really good ideas come with that. I take pride in the mental freedom Inbox Zero provides me every day" 

 

Links from this episode:

 

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This episode of Ambition Today is supported by:
+ Founder Institute New York: goo.gl/RGezjW  
+ Toptal: goo.gl/OObfM9
+ Audible: goo.gl/Urjq6k

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Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday 
Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar  
Follow Kevin Siskar on Instagram: instagram.com/thesiskar
Follow Kevin Siskar on Facebook: facebook.com/kevin.siskar
Add Kevin Siskar on Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/krsiskar

Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss, How I Built This, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, Mixergy, Seth Godin, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat.

Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL), on Google Play Music (goo.gl/LmmciJ), or on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

 

 

 

Apr 25, 2017

Season Two of Ambition Today is happy to welcome Niv Dror, head of social media for Product Hunt.  Niv boasts an impressive resume in both startups and finance, stemming from his education at UC Santa Barbara.  After moving to Silicon Valley at a very young age, Niv had surprisingly little involvement in the tech world.  It surrounded him entirely and thus he never noticed it, as water to a fish.  However, after auditing a few hedge funds and VC funds as a CPA, he knew where his skills truly belonged.

His taste of the tech community flourished very quickly, landing non-engineering jobs at DataFox, Meerkat, and Product Hunt.  He aspired to add value without asking anything in return, and was rewarded with the experience and skills to climb the ranks at multiple organizations, currently aiding the curation of the world's most cutting-edge technology on Product Hunt.  Kevin and Niv explore what's behind this drive, the man he gives credit to involuntarily kickstarting his success, and much more:

  • Growing up in Israel and moving to the U.S. at a young age.

  • Pursuing a finance degree and applying it to the startup world.

  • Getting exposure to the tech industry by auditing a successful VC.

  • Building an engaging community around a product.

  • What changes we can see in social in 2017.

  • The war of pronunciation for “gif”.

  • We why all love gifs and how Twitter is the perfect platform.

  • Where Product Hunt is heading.

 

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"Should people optimize for learning or for earning?"

Quote Of The Episode:
"Community is everything. Without the community, Product Hunt wouldn't work."

 

Links from this episode:

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This episode of Ambition Today is supported by:
+ Founder Institute New York: goo.gl/RGezjW
+ Toptal: goo.gl/OObfM9
+ Audible: goo.gl/Urjq6k

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Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday 
Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar  
Follow Kevin Siskar on Instagram: instagram.com/thesiskar
Follow Kevin Siskar on Facebook: facebook.com/kevin.siskar
Add Kevin Siskar on Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/krsiskar

Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss, How I Built This, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, Mixergy, Seth Godin, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat.

Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL), on Google Play Music (goo.gl/LmmciJ), or on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

 

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